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The Green Granny

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Uploaded on Nov 21, 2008

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/goodideas: Barbara Warmsley, Oxfam's Green Granny starts a new series of tips and ideas for saving money and living better. Here she shows us how to make the most of stale bread, mend clothes and get outdoors. For more information and to tell us your ideas for living better go to http://www.oxfam.org.uk/goodideas.

GET INVOLVED
Worried about climate change? Confused about how your weekly supermarket shop impacts upon the environment? You need a personal shopper. No we're not talking about Gok Wan. We've launched our 4-a-week personal shopper guide. Stick it in your handbag, your manbag, we don't mind. Just make sure it's to hand next time you go shopping. Believe it or not, the small changes you make at the till, can have a real impact on climate change. So here's our 4-a-week, shelf-aware shopping list...

BUY ONE MORE FAIRTRADE PRODUCT
Flowers, Hot Chocolate, Cotton, Teas, Honey, Biscuits, Beer, Wine, that's a list as long as your arm. Fairtrade isnt just about coffee and bananas these days. By buying a Fairtrade product you're guaranteeing producers a good price and working conditions. Don't forget Fairtrade Fortnight, it launches this Sunday and runs until the 8th March. To see how you can get involved with this years campaign go to www.fairtrade.org.uk
THROW ONE LESS THING AWAY
Don't B.O.G.O.F, yes you heard us right. Did you know that as a nation we throw away over 20million tonnes of good food a year. Next time you go shopping, think before you buy. Are you really going to eat all that? Leftovers from last nights dinner? Try some of these recipes from lovefoodhatewaste.com

BUY ONE MORE THING FROM A DEVELOPING COUNTRY
We know what you're thinking, what about all those air miles? But, buying something with the lowest environmental impact doesn't necessarily mean buying local - emissions from transporting food make only around 12 percent of the total.. The people who are being hit hardest by climate change are also the people who depend on us most. Over 1.5 million poor farmers in Africa depend on the UK market to earn a living. So check the label next time you're buying things like rice or beans.

BUY ONE LESS MEAT OR DIARY PRODUCT
Here's a trivia question for you, What generates more harmful emissions? Is it A) Cows or B) All the transport on the entire planet? Shock, horror. The answer is actually A. Those cows are gassy beings, emitting large amounts of methane, which is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. We're not asking you to give up steaks completely, just try switching to something else once a week. You could start by ditching the beef lasagne and opting for a veggie one.



And if you like this, why not become a fan of Oxfam on Facebook too - http://www.facebook.com/business/dash...

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